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Personal safety and security

Campus Security patrol

The Campus Security team protects the wellbeing of people and the security of property around the clock through a variety of measures, both on and off campus.

The primary objective for Campus Security is to keep everyone within the campus community free from harm and the threat of harm. We do this through ensuring we have sufficient resources to be able to react quickly when responding to calls for help, and also by being able to provide pro-active advice and reassurance, when needed.

Security on campus takes a number of forms. We compliment operational officers ‘out on the ground’ with electronic systems operated from our whole-time Control Centre, such as CCTV, access control and fire and intruder detection alarms. This ensures we can respond in the most appropriate way to each incident. Tactically, we employ high-visibility patrolling to reduce crime and the opportunities to commit crime, together with using easily recognisable, marked vehicles, with an off-road capability so that officers can get everywhere on campus, regardless of the terrain. Additionally, we operate cycle patrols and can provide rapid responses to fire alarms and first aid emergencies using pedal power to beat the traffic!

For your peace of mind and wellbeing, all officers are fully-qualified in first aid and defibrillator usage, along with fire safety training to support the safe evacuation of buildings when a fire alarm has been activated. This also includes the evacuation of vulnerable and disabled people, where necessary.

We cannot do this alone. We know that collaborative working is vital at Warwick and we work closely with departments and individuals so they can act on sound and simple advice to protect themselves and their property.

‘Security’ is everyone’s responsibility, from the protection of personal assets and those belonging to the University, through to crime prevention on a personal safety level. The campus is an extremely safe place to be at any time of day or night, however, there may be risks when travelling away from the University, particularly in and around town and city centres. You can minimise risks by adopting a few simple precautions.

Away from campus
  • Avoid isolated places, especially at night
  • Stick to well-lit and overlooked routes, wherever possible
  • Try to travel in groups of two or more people. Perhaps ask your friends to join you
  • If you are going out alone, tell someone where you're going and what time you expect to be back
  • Mobile phones, laptop computers and digital music players are attractive to opportunist criminals. Be careful about where you take them and how you use them
  • Never get into a taxi on the street unless it is a licensed Hackney Carriage, also called a ‘black cab’. Only use a private-hire cab that you have booked by phone
  • Don't accept lifts from strangers
  • Trust your ‘gut feeling’ and avoid people and situations that make you feel uneasy
On campus
  • Protect your belongings by locking your office/room door every time you leave
  • Don't leave purses, phones, laptops and other valuables unattended
  • Keep valuables out of sight in your car
  • Politely challenge anyone you see ‘tailgating’ behind you when entering buildings or other secure areas. Ask to see their University identity card before you let them in. If they refuse, or take offence at being challenged, inform Campus Security on 024 7652 2083 and we will attend to support you
  • For your convenience, why not use the free campus shuttle bus service if you are walking alone at night?
Look after your bike!

Every year, bikes on campus are targeted by opportunist thieves because they can be easy to steal and then sell on. Please ensure you:

  • Always lock your bike using a hardened ‘D’-type lock. The cheaper, cable-type locks can be removed relatively easily
  • Attach the lock through the frame and to a strong structure that is fixed to the ground or a building, whenever possible
  • If you can, lock the bike in a well-lit location and somewhere with people walking by
  • Mark your property with your postcode and register it on www.bikeregister.com
Be safe in your student home

Whether you are on or off campus, this may be the first time you have lived away from home, or the first time that you have shared a house or flat.

Remember:

  • Always lock your room door on campus, or the front and rear doors off campus, even when there is someone at home. This is because most burglars are opportunists and may try to steal items that are located close to open doors and windows, such as wallets, phones, keys and laptops
  • Do not allow anyone into your home unless you know who they are
  • Do not leave ID cards, cash cards, money, cheque books or keys lying around - do not put temptation in the way of your house mates or visitors!
  • Never leave your home unlocked when you leave it - even if it is only for a short period of time. Make sure all windows are closed and locked
  • It is a good idea to use a timer device to turn on lights and a radio. These can be bought very cheaply and are a sound investment
  • Do not leave your personal belongings where they can be seen through doors and windows
  • Make sure you buy contents insurance for all your gadgets and tech, and register it at www.immobilise.com
  • If you see anyone acting suspiciously, report it to Campus Security on 024 7652 2083 or report it to the police by calling 101.


Check out The Lock NUS website for more advice on personal security.

External links


Warwickshire Police


West Midlands Police


Safer Students